Cinevent is fast approaching (May 22-25), and pre-registered attendees are getting excited. For those of you who are not regular patrons or are on the fence about attending, let me sway you.
One of the biggest drawbacks to watching these niche films at home is the lack of interpersonal interaction. Cinevent offers not only movies but conversation about them. And these people are knowledgeable film fanatics who just may be able to teach you a thing or two and turn you on to new things. In terms of the social component, there is no equal outside of conventions. Where else will you find a gathering this large in person?
Columbus has a lot to offer visitors in addition to Cinevent. The more I've traveled and visited other cities, the more I've appreciated where I was born and raised.
Places to Go:
- The Ohio Historical Center
This museum may be of particular interest to Cinevent attendees because of its exhibit on 1950s living which includes an entire Lustron home that visitors can explore. The Ohio Village opens Memorial Day and is a recreation of a real Ohio town in the 1860s.
- Wexner Center
Ohio State's art center screens a classic in conjunction with Cinevent annually. This year's offering is From Mayerling to Sarajevo, the love story of the Archduke Ferdinand and Czech Countess Sophie Chotek.
- Columbus Museum of Art
The art museum hosts everything from old masters like Picasso and Monet to modern art. There are currently exhibits on nurses in art, a photographic tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, and fabric art by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. Admission is free on Sundays.
- Franklin Park Conservatory
If you're itching to be outside after a long day of watching movies, check out this beautiful garden oasis. In the spring, butterflies are put on display and released daily.
- Columbus Zoo
Often heralded as one of the best zoos in the country, our zoo features a large variety of animals sectioned off by continent, including the new Africa exhibit featuring giraffes.
- Near East Side, German Village & Victorian Village
If you're a fan of 100+ year-old architecture, you will want to drive through these historic neighborhoods to see how many beautiful buildings have been restored and preserved as residences in Columbus. It is a free feast for the eyes.
- The Top
This steakhouse has been in operation for 60 years and its swanky vintage vibe makes it a unique and memorable place to eat if you're willing to pay a bit more than you would at a chain. Pair your classic movies with a classic and delicious steak dinner.
- Hickory House
If you're particularly hungry, look no further than the Hickory House's combination dinners where you can choose between ribs, steak, chicken and shrimp in addition to large potatoes, salad, and dinner rolls.
- La Chatelaine
In search of something rich, hearty and flavorful? Check out this great French bakery/restaurant for anything from dinner, a quick bite to eat or just dessert. The biscuits are so flaky, you'll be addicted with just one bite.
This sausage restaurant in the heart of German Village has been running for more than a century and was featured on Man Vs. Food. The bahama mama sausage is so popular it is sold in local grocery store.
- Akai Hana
This Japanese restaurant is so authentic, half of the menu is in characters. For fresh sushi, delicious appetizers or unique hot entrees, you can't go wrong here, and the staff is very friendly.
- Ange's Pizza (& other locations)
While some people flock to Massey's or Donato's or Plank's when they're in Columbus, I choose Ange's every time. If you like good, local, greasy thin crust pizza that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, you can't go wrong here.
- Jeni's Ice Cream
This unusual and locally sourced ice cream shop will be re-opened in time for Cinevent, which is great if you want to try something different like Goat Cheese and Red Cherries or Wildberry Lavender or Salty Caramel.
Do you ever wish you could visit an old-fashioned soda fountain? Greater's offers a variety of rich, traditional ice cream flavors, but you could have them made into ice cream sodas or sundaes. Or try a phosphate soda. Their spring flavors (strawberry chip and bourbon pecan chip) are especially good.
Still not sure if you want to come out? Message me! I'll convince you.